NHS sending out leaflets on patient information


Leaflets explaining how the NHS uses patient information will started landing on the doormats of England’s 26.5 million households this week.

Over the next month, every household in England will receive the leaflet — Better Information Means Better Care — explaining the benefits of sharing information about the care they have received. The NHS believes that sharing information helps ensure that the quality and safety of services is consistent across the country and can also highlight different diseases and conditions that may require more investment.

As explained in the leaflet, patients have the right to object to their data being used for purposes other than their direct care. If patients wish to restrict their data being used then they should talk to their GP.

An information line has been set up for patients to call if they have any questions or concerns about how their data are used. The number is 0300 456 3531.

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